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Starting My Own Site, Advice Needed

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#1 MickinPlymouthUK


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Posted 12 July 2008 - 11:55 AM

Hi, can anybody point me to advice about starting up my own website for military history buffs?
Basically I envisage something like the Bleeping layout with different sub-forums for posting about world affairs/ military history/ politics/ tactics/ strategy etc.
I gather there are 2 types of sites, those where you pay a website hosting company to set it up for you, and those where you can recoup the cost by taking in advertising, is that right?
As I say, I need hard advice on all aspects of the thing including costs, terminology etc..

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#2 nigglesnush85


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Posted 12 July 2008 - 12:35 PM

Hello MickinPlymouthUK,

That sounds like a great site idea, I have always had an interest in military history.

I would download XAMPP first from http://www.apachefriends.org/en/xampp.html
and PHPBB http://www.phpbb.com/ which is a forum software

With these two packages you can then test and experiment with with the layout. Once you are happy with it then you can upload it to a server. You can use advertisements to write off some of the hosting costs.
You could use proboards to make a free forum based area http://www.proboards.com/


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